Interpreting Primary Documents - Westward Expansion (hardcover edition)

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9780737711349: Interpreting Primary Documents - Westward Expansion (hardcover edition)

From the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803 to the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, America's westward expansion was marked by ambition and determination as well as racism and war. The documents in this anthology offer a range of perspectives on opportunities and conflicts that went hand in hand with Americans' conquering of the frontier.

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"Whether westward expansion was the result of pioneer heroism or of violent conquest is continually debated by historians and laypersons alike. This volume offers a collection of primary sources that can be utilized by teachers and librarians, and students with advanced reading skills, to think about issues and to interpret the past... Teens will be able to read the words of presidents Thomas Jefferson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Jackson; frontiersman George Bent; Native American Chief Joseph; and articles from Harpers Weekly and the New York Times. Students will welcome the summary provided at the beginning of each document and the questions for consideration. A good choice for those who are eager to understand arguments and attitudes that shaped the history of the West."
-- School Library Journal (February 2003) (School Library Journal 20030201)

"...The eyewitness accounts of battles, working on the railroad, Indian removal, and more provide dramatic additions to the political speeches, and together they open up the events and issues for debate and discussion..."
-- Booklist (January 2003) (Booklist 20030101)

"Disparate voices of the 19th century, from presidents to Native American chiefs and frontiersmen to newspaper editors, provide background for students debating the question of whether the west ward movement was pioneer heroism or violent conquest."
--School Library Journal (Spring 2004) (School Library Journal 20040401)

"This anthology of primary sources features a wide assortment of documents dealing with the move west. Each document is prefaced by an introductory statement and several guided reading questions that assist the student in interpreting and analyzing each one... This title has a valuable place in junior and senior high school libraries. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (May 2003) (Library Media Connection 20030501)

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Gr. 7-12. This publisher has always done a fine job of integrating primary documents with a range of viewpoints into their many series on contemporary issues. Here the focus is on history, and this first title in the new Interpreting Primary Documents series is a collection of speeches, newspaper articles, diaries, official reports, and other documents from the time of America's movement west. Leaders and ordinary people speak about how they see events from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Indian Wars, and the California gold rush to the Mexican War and the building of the transcontinental railroad. Is Indian removal a dishonorable policy or is it fulfilling the whites' manifest destiny? Should the U.S. annex Texas? The eyewitness accounts of battles, working on the railroad, Indian removal, and more provide dramatic additions to the political speeches, and together they open up the events and issues for debate and discussion. A general introduction outlines the history, and each document begins with a brief preface and ends with reading questions. A long chronology and a detailed bibliography are included. Hazel Rochman
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